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Near Skykomish in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

A Route Still in Use

Iron Goat Trail

 

— MP 1718.98 —

 
A Route Still in Use Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2015
1. A Route Still in Use Marker
Inscription.  Downstream from here, about one mile to the west of where you are now standing, the “last spike” connecting the tracks from the west and east was driven into the ground late at night on January 6, 1893.

If you look across this valley you can see tracks that follow the same route that was used when this railroad was built in the 1890's. Before the opening of the 8-mile Cascade Tunnel in 1929 these tracks were used by Great Northern trains that ran where the Iron Goat Trail is today. Trains coming down the mountainside made a great looping turn at Scenic to head west toward Skykomish, Everett and Seattle. Today, these tracks are part of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway system.

Originally there was only one track where you are looking. In 1966, a passing track was constructed. Otherwise, this route has changed little since 1929.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 47° 43.089′ N, 121° 10.886′ W. Marker is near Skykomish, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached
Marker detail: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Active Railway Line image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2015
2. Marker detail: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Active Railway Line
from the intersection of Stevens Pass Highway (U.S. 2) and Old Cascade Highway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Iron Goat Trail, about one mile west of the Iron Goat Trailhead just north of US Highway 2. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Skykomish WA 98288, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Twin Tunnels Bored Through Granite (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowsheds Protected the Railway (approx. half a mile away); Snowsheds Needed Solid Support (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Skykomish (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Iron Goat Trail
 
Also see . . .  Great Northern Railway (Wikipedia). The railroad's best-known engineer was John Frank Stevens, who served from 1889 to 1903. Stevens discovered Stevens Pass through the Cascade Mountains. The mainline crossed the Cascade Mountains through the Cascade Tunnel under Stevens Pass, reaching Seattle, Washington, in 1893, with the driving of the last spike at Scenic, Washington, on January 6, 1893. (Submitted on September 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
A Route Still in Use Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2015
3. A Route Still in Use Marker
(railroad tracks on opposite side of valley are obscured by summer foliage)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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